Spread across a sprawling area of 104.27 sq. km, the Bannerghatta National Park was established in the year 1971. The park has been famously hailed for housing a wide variety of birds and animals, and is especially known for its tiger and lion safari. The park encompasses ten reserve forests of the Anekal Range under the Bangalore Forest Division. Situated at a distance of 22 km from the city of Bangalore, the park houses a zoo, conservatories, and a museum. The country’s first butterfly park was set up in the Bannerghatta National Park on 25th of November 2006.
Tourist Attraction in the National Park
Flora- Bannerghatta National Park has an extremely rich variety of flora. The forest type is usually moist deciduous teak forest. The vegetation in the park includes Narcissus latifolia, Schleichera oleosa, Terminalia tomentosa, sandalwood, neem, T. Arjun, Grewia tilaefolia, Santalum album, tamarind, Bamboos etc., Eucalyptus, Bauhinia purpurea, Peltphorum pterocarpum are also found in and around the park. Originating from the Suvarnamukhi hills, the Suvarnamukhi stream runs through the park to provide it good amount of water. Park's geography includes spreads hills, rocks, plains and grasslands.
Fauna- Wildlife such as elephants, gaur, leopard, jackal, fox, wild boar, sloth bear, Sambar, Chital, spotted deer, barking deer, common langur, bonnet macaque, porcupine and hares are in abundance. Other inhabitants include wild boar, pangolin, slender Loris, huge monitor lizards and roaming reptiles such as cobras, pythons, vipers and kraits Russell. The Bannerghatta Tiger and Lion Reserve have a reserve of Indian tigers including white tigers, lions and other mammals. This park is a single reserve for tigers and lions rescued from different places in India.
When to Visit
September to January is the best time when one can spot Lions and Tigers while on a safari.
How to Reach
By Air:Bangalore International Airport is 40 km away from the heart of the city.
By Rail:Bangalore Majestic, Bangalore Cantonment and Yeshwanthpur are the 3 major railheads in Bangalore.
By Road: Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation buses connects all the cities to Bangalore.